Spike in crim­i­nals hauled off flights

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of crim­i­nals, il­le­gal im­mi­grants and sus­pected ter­ror­ists kicked off Aus­trali­abound flights has sky­rock­eted by 300 per cent, as Bor­der Force of­fi­cials work with air­lines such as Qan­tas and Emi­rates to keep Aus­tralians safe.

A whop­ping 555 peo­ple were booted off flights in 2017-18, up 308 per cent from the 136 peo­ple “off­loaded” from planes to Aus­tralia the year be­fore.

Some of the pas­sen­gers taken off flights be­cause they posed a “risk to the bor­der” in­cluded in­di­vid­u­als try­ing to en­ter the coun­try il­le­gally to work or live, as well as sus­pected crim­i­nals and oth­ers who were a na­tional se­cu­rity con­cern, the Sun­day Mail un­der­stands. Hun­dreds of other pas­sen­gers with fraud­u­lent doc­u­ments have also been stopped be­fore they could even board flights, in­clud­ing one Nige­rian woman who tried to get to Mel­bourne twice in one week from Abu Dhabi by list­ing a dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­ity.

It’s es­ti­mated tax­pay­ers would’ve had to pay $15 mil­lion for au­thor­i­ties to de­tain and even­tu­ally de­port the 205 peo­ple with fraud­u­lent doc­u­ments if they hadn’t been stopped from en­ter­ing Aus­tralia.

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